East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

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East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg University seal.png
Type Public
Established 1893
President Marcia G. Welsh
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 7,234
Undergraduates 6,099
Postgraduates 1,135
Location East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Campus Suburban, 213 acres (0.9 km2)
Colors Black and Red
Athletics NCAA Division II - PSAC
Nickname Warriors
Website www.esu.edu
East Stroudsburg University logo.png

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) is a public university located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. It is one of the 14 state universities that compose the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The university began its existence in 1893 as a preparatory school for teachers called the East Stroudsburg Normal School, which was private. Ownership was transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1920, and the name was changed to East Stroudsburg State Normal School. In 1927, the right to confer the degrees of bachelor of science in education and bachelor of science in health education was granted, and the school's name then became the East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. In 1960, additional curricula were added and the school's name then became East Stroudsburg State College. The State System of Higher Education was authorized by Senate Bill 506 to assume its current name in 1983.[1]


East Stroudsburg University is situated in the borough of East Stroudsburg, located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The university is 45 minutes southeast of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and 40 minutes north of Allentown. The New Jersey border is only 2 miles (3 km) away and the campus is approximately 70 miles (110 km) from New York City and 90 miles (140 km) from Philadelphia. The neighboring borough of Stroudsburg is the seat and cultural center of Monroe County. ESU is easily accessible from Interstate 80, U.S. Route 209, and PA Route 33. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono, the area's primary medical facility, is located on the edge of the campus.


The 62 campus buildings are located on 213 acres (0.9 km2) in the East Stroudsburg community. In addition to the academic facilities, 7 residence halls, housing 2,200 students, and a 1,000-seat dining hall are located on campus. The Student Activity Association, Inc., owns Stony Acres, a 119-acre (0.5 km2) off-campus student recreation area near Marshalls Creek, that includes a lodge, several cabins, a campsite, recreation areas and a lake. The campus is patrolled by the East Stroudsburg University Police Department.


In 2003, ESU opened its new recreation center, the "Rec Center". This recreational facility contains an elevated indoor track, several basketball courts, racquetball rooms, various free weight and weight machines as well as cardio machines. In addition to individual programs, there are also group fitness programs ranging from the normal (step aerobics and yoga). In 2010, this building was named for Dr. Mattioli, thus becoming the "Mattioli Recreation Center."[2]

In September 2006, ESU began construction on the new Science and Technology Center. The Science and Technology Center is the first new major academic building since 1979. The $40,000,000 project consists of state-of-the-art equipment and teaching facilities that is expected to stimulate economic growth and development in the area. The building houses chemistry, math, computer science, and other various science departments. With 120,000 square feet (11,000 m2), the building includes research and classroom space, planetarium, heated celestial observation room, as well as offices for the relocated departments. The building officially opened on September 26, 2008.[3]

Academic profile[edit]

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania offers 68 undergraduate major programs with 24 available concentrations, the largest of which (by enrollment) are Health and Physical Education K-12, Elementary Education, Biological Sciences, Business Management, Computer Science, Psychology, and Secondary Education. ESU recently added majors in Health Services Administration and Industrial Physics as well as more graduate study programs. The current student to professor ratio stands at 19:1. The breakdown of traditional students consists of 56% female, 44% male, 24% out of state, and 1% international from 9 different countries.

Student life[edit]

Campus media[edit]

The student-run Calliope literary magazine publishes high-quality student fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art and photography, and electronic creative writing. Calliope appears both in print and online editions annually under the auspices of the Department of English.[4]

Academic departments & programs[edit]

New Master of Arts in Professional and New Media Writing[edit]

East Stroudsburg University is the only university in the state-owned system with a graduate degree available in professional and digital media writing. The new all-online program, which launched in fall 2014, is designed to allow busy working students to ramp up and improve their writing skills and credentials.[5]

According to the Professional Writing Program's website, "ESU’s MA in Professional and New Media Writing is unique among writing graduate programs in the area, offering creative writing, literary, and journalistic components and a fast-track to completion with just 30 credits. And ESU’s graduate tuition is extremely competitive in this area."[6]

Greek life[edit]


East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania's colors are red and black, and the team nickname is the Warriors. For the 2008–09 academic year, the University's mascot was changed to Burgy the warrior bear. All teams compete in the NCAA Division II and within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Athletic Training services are provided for each intercollegiate sport. There are currently seven male varsity sports available (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Track & Field and Wrestling) as well as 11 female varsity sports (Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field and Volleyball).

Notable alumni[edit]


East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania has had 13 presidents since its establishment.[10]

  • George P. Bible (1893–1902)
  • Ellwood L. Kemp (1902–1920)
  • Frank E. Baker (1920–1923)
  • Tracy T. Allen (1923–1939)
  • Joseph F. Noonan (1940–1955)
  • LeRoy J. Koehler (1956–1968)
  • Frank D. Sills (1968–1971)
  • Darrell Holmes (1971–1979)
  • H. Erik Shaar (1979–1980)
  • Dennis Bell (1980–1986)
  • James E. Gilbert (1986–1996)
  • Robert J. Dillman (1996–2012)
  • Marcia G. Welsh (2012–present)


  1. ^ "About ESU", East Stroudsburg University, accessed December 10, 2010.
  2. ^ ESU Rec Center
  3. ^ ESU Science and Technology Center
  4. ^ "Calliope Literary Magazine". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  5. ^ "The Stroud Courier". Stroudcourier.com. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Professional and New Media Writing MA". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Charlie Brenneman UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  8. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Matthew-Riddle
  9. ^ Elected Officials: Commissioner Dr. Count J. Wiley. West New York, New Jersey. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  10. ^ http://www4.esu.edu/about/history_beliefs/past_presidents.cfm

External links[edit]

Media related to East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania at Wikimedia Commons

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